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Specialty Schools and Programs

Middle School Students
Specialty schools are RPS secondary schools that require an application process for admission. For the 2024-2025 school year application cycle, these schools include:
  • Franklin Military Academy (rising 6th - 12th grade students may apply)
  • Open High School (rising 9th and 10th grade students may apply)
  • Richmond Community High School (rising 9th and 10th grade students may apply)
  • Thomas Jefferson High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (rising 11th grade students may apply)

These specialty schools offer rigorous college preparation, career preparation, leadership opportunities, community service, and other inspiring experiences. Specialty school applicants are required to complete a single common application allowing them to submit general information about the student along with the email addresses for two teachers that will complete recommendations for the applicant.

The applications for RPS specialty schools open Friday October 13, 2023. Students and families will have until Friday December 1, 2023 at 4:30 PM to submit specialty school applications. No late applications will be accepted for specialty schools. While recommendation requests are due as a part of the overall application, recommenders will have until Friday December 15, 2023 to submit their recommendations online.

Once students submit applications they will be contacted by the specialty schools to which they applied for next steps in the selection process.

The link to the application:

RPS Specialty Schools